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Luck of the Irish? You Decide.

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According to Wikipedia, the term luck - "is good fortune which occurs beyond one's control, without regard to one's will, intention or desired result."

Do you believe in "luck"?  The month of March, with the celebration of St. Patrick's Day on March 17, brings the meaning of the word to the forefront.

St. Patrick's Day is customarily celebrated with parades, wearing green,  and for some, a toast at the local pub in honor on Ireland's patron St. Patrick.  A favorite iconic symbol of the day is the 3-leaf clover, the shamrock, which St. Patrick used to teach the Irish about the doctrine of the Holy Trinity (three divine persons in one God).

The 3-leaf clover also has a very lucky relative, the four-leaf clover - which, according to legend, brings about good luck if found accidentally.  Each leaf of the four- leaf clover represents something wonderful  - the first leaf - faith, the second leaf - hope, the third - love and the fourth - luck.

On St. Patty's Day, one often hears the term, "the luck of the Irish" professed.  However, examining Ireland's turbulent history, with invasions, colonizations, famines and mass emigrations, one has to wonder about the "luck" part.

For it wasn't until the Irish did immigrate to America, especially during the gold rush years in the latter part of the 19th century, that some lucky Irish prospectors achieved extreme wealth.  Hence, the actual origin of the term, "luck of the Irish."

While these prospectors may have been lucky, they also created their own luck.

So, this St. Patty's day, while true luck may find you, why not begin creating your own luck setting personal and professional goals and start "visualizing" abundance and that rainbow leading to your pot of gold?!

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Suggested reading:

Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain
The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
And visit SimplyDeliciousLiving.tv!

This Valentine's Day, Express Your Love Living in a TMT (Too Much Technology) FREE Zone

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Have you ever been out to dinner and had your friend, family member or partner answer their cell phone and talk for a few minutes, leaving you out of the conversation?  Maybe you've been involved in a heart-to-heart and just at the moment you were going to divulge the most important detail, you were told to "hold that thought" while your loved one answered their cell phone?  What about sharing an important conversation with a friend and they tell you that they just got a call waiting notification - can they call you right back?  Or maybe you're spending the weekend doing a family activity and have found that your hands seem to be mysteriously glued to your ipad or computer key board, much to the chagrin of your mate?

Without the risk of being too crass, sometimes technology bites.   If you've ever been in one of the above situations, you have experienced, first hand, the frustration of being upstaged by modern technology, and as my old boss jokingly used to tell his victims, "by a bigger name."

Connecting with the people in our lives - our friends, family and special someone - is vital to our health and wellbeing.  Being kind and generous with our undivided attention can go a long way.   Connecting on a face-to-face, technology-free, personal basis is paramount. Especially in this fast-paced, stressful era of job downsizing, mergers & acquisitions and where digital technology (aka computers, cell phones, ipads, droid tablets etc.) rule, it can be easy to alienate the ones you love by constantly living in the TMT. (Too Much Technology) Zone.

How can you demonstrate your love and be relatively TMT FREE? 

Here are some great simple ways:

*Turn off your cell phone BEFORE you get to the dining table.

*Enjoy a Sunday meal with the entire family - create time together to talk and interact MINUS the electronics.

*On a date or at a business meeting?  Power your phone OFF.  You can pick up your messages later.  You might also select your "alternate" greeting, letting folks know you are in a meeting and will call back later.

*Let your weekends or vacation truly be  "time off." Use your email "vacation message" or select your alternate voice mail message to tell clients, friends and associates you'll call on Monday or when you return from your vacation.  If you find that you have to be available to respond  (or die), try to limit it to a specific amount of time at a specific time of day that won't interfere with your dedicated activities.

Some great examples of how to use technology:

*Be free with tender thoughts and "I love you's" - you've heard the Stevie Wonder song, "I Just Called To Say I Love You" ?  Well, then go for it.  Just don't text or send images of anything you don't want appearing  on the front page of the Sunday papers (you never know with technology!) .

*Remember the words "Thank you" and always give thanks. 

*To share an important link, thought, plan or idea that you can discuss and communicate on a personal level at a later time when both parties are available.  Don't replace personal, one-on-one conversation or connection by the exclusive use of technology.

Talk to those in your life about how you prefer technology to be used and some of your do's and don'ts.  Set the standards immediately.

Connecting on a personal level and nurturing your important relationships by being TMT Free, or at least controlling your impulses to reach for the iphone or tablet, can have extremely pleasing results. Enjoying the warmth of loving, appreciative and ATTENTIVE  arms around you can warm up the day or night and fill the heart more than any chat on Facebook or Twitter.

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Maryann Ridini-Spencer produces video stories about environmentally friendly and healthy living in Ventura County.

She co-hosts "Sustainable Ventura" with Ray Olson on CAPS-TV's VTV, Channel 15 as well as "Simply Delicious Living with Maryann" on Time Warner Cable ON DEMAND.